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Wedding Bells: Bridgette & Jess – Byron Colby Barn

I’m not going to lie, I have been looking forward to Bridgette and Jess’s Byron Colby Barn wedding all year long! The chemistry between these two is just ridiculous. I could see it during their engagement session, but on their wedding day it was on another level! The way they just effortlessly settle into each other’s arms, they way they look at each other with unabashed love, and the way they make each other laugh with such ease…it’s like their love was written to be, written to fit together in this perfect way like puzzle pieces. And, not to mention, they are just a blast to be around! So, it was a sure thing that their wedding would be all kinds of amazing! And the fact that I had the hardest time ever whittling down images for this blog post is proof of that!  Click through for SO. MUCH. MORE!

Bridgette and Jess incorporated so many family heirlooms into their wedding day, including this beautiful silver tray that was Jess’s grandmothers. And I had a field day photographing all their gorgeous details on it!   Bridgette spent her morning getting ready with her honorary bridesmaids, sipping mimosas at her in room mimosa bar she created, and laughing with her family.

The super thoughtful wedding day gift from Jess to Bridgette that brought her to tears! So sweet!  Only a couple floors down, Jess was getting ready as well. And the fabulous Jacqui was on hand to capture all the anxious moments! Loved her snazzy Frye oxfords!  Not to mention, her crisp Ann Taylor suit!  A perfect match for Bridgette’s delicate BHLDN dress!  And let’s just take a moment to talk about how incredible Bridgette’s bouquet is!  Making each other laugh before they even saw each other!Thankfully, they was a break in the insane heat we have been having, leaving Jess and Bridgette with the most beautiful day possible for their wedding!  I can’t even handle these two! From the joy filled moments of spontaneous laughter to busting out their best model looks!  So precious!!!  A wedding party that knows how to work the camera!  And fabulously fun honorary bridesmaids!  Seriously?! These two just kill me! I love it!  Not only did Bridgette and Jess leave ample time for gorgeous photos of the two of them, but I also had plenty of time to capture all their amazingly hand crafted details! The hours and hours of work, care, and love put into their wedding day was apparent everywhere you turned…and I wanted to capture every centimeter of it!  The happiest two dads (and brides!) I ever did see, walking their girls down the aisle!  I love when couples write their own vows, unbelievably sweet and from the heart! (And usually, total tear jerkers!)   Married!!!!  Scrumptious drinks for cocktail hour on the patio!  A gorgeous invitation suite perfectly suited to their barn wedding, all designed and handmade by Bridgette and Jess! Talk about a talented duo! Jess said that Bridgette comes up with the ideas and Jess’s job is to figure out how to make it work! I love it!  The incredible backdrop to their reception is evidence of their skills together!   The amazing H marquee light was handmade by Jess! Amazing!  The newly married duo!  I’m pretty sure I almost lost it about 10 times throughout their wedding day! Their vows, the first dance, their dad dances, and the touching speeches given by their siblings! Where was the kleenex when you needed it?!  Soon enough, the dance party started! And let me tell you, these guys can dance!!!  It sounds crazy, but often times couples don’t get to do much dancing TOGETHER at their wedding, because of catching up with so many loved ones throughout the night, the night goes by so quickly and before they know it, it’s over. But couples that make it a priority to dance their butts off in each other’s arms on their wedding day make my heart so happy! Look at these two! Love it!  And when we looked outside and saw this unbelievably epic sunset coming through some brewing storm clouds, we knew we had to sneak out for some quick photos!  Bridgette and Jess were more than happy to oblige….without any instruction needed! They are just cute without even trying, it’s ridiculous!Congratulations again Bridgette and Jess! I am so very happy for you two! May your love (and crafty talents!) always fit together in this perfect and beautiful way! (And I can’t wait to catch up with you now married ladies over drinks sometime soon!)


Bridgette Haight - July 25, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Amanda! I can not even put into words how beautiful these are! You completely captured every moment and detail. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Caili - July 25, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Holy eye candy. Did your head explode when you saw all of those details? I mean, where do you even begin? This wedding is my favorite. Amazing.

Emilia Jane - July 25, 2013 - 3:02 pm


Erin Austin Morrison - July 25, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Ahhhhh! Love it!

Christy Tyler - July 25, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Oh my gosh – just… wow! This is stunning Amanda! I especially LOVE the portraits along the fence. Beautiful couple, beautiful photos!

Kelly Jo McCue - July 25, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple and BEAUTIFULLY photographed.

Jaclyn Koch Hood - July 25, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Bridgette! You didn’t miss a beat with all those details! So stunning. I especially love the photo of you & Jess outside at sunset. Congrats the pictures are gorgeous!

jacqui cole - July 25, 2013 - 4:49 pm

absolutely STUNNING Amanda!! Thank you for having me a long 🙂 you captured it perfectly!

Mary - July 25, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Beautiful wedding! I am going to copy so many of these Ideas! Beautiful Photography.

Jessica Pease Jessup - July 25, 2013 - 6:25 pm

So beautiful! So proud of you ladies and how you expressed your love so uniquely with your own talent. I’ve been stalking your page for pictures 🙂 Congrats! Cheers to a life of love, togetherness and a life you are proud of 🙂

Lauren Wakefield - July 26, 2013 - 1:47 pm

I’m slightly obsessed with this wedding. You caught so many amazing moments and their portraits are to die for! And I love her ring. The whole thing…so so beautiful.

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